Running a dig on www.google.com I get a CNAME redirect to www.google.akadns.net. It's the same for the regional Google's which formerly had a CNAME redirect to www.google.com. It appears that they have started it yesterday (I see the old DNS records in our logs from early Tuesday CET).
The Domain akadns.net and the name servers in the DNS records belong to Akamai.
So, effectively, Google do no longer control their DNS load balancing. It's all done by Akamai now. It puzzles me that Google have outsourced a somewhat crucial part of their business, especially since it is a purely technological issue.
BTW, similar Akamai services are used by Microsoft and the FBI ;)
[edited by: WebGuerrilla at 9:13 pm (utc) on Sep. 17, 2003]
Msg#: 17023 posted 3:55 am on Sep 18, 2003 (gmt 0)
I will guess it because Google switch to the continous crawl and they dont have to switch *heavily* the datacenters but I MOSTLY because of the last month virus flood.
I was looking at a lot of log files and for the first time since 97 I see a decreease in logs file for 4 weeks in a row. And if Microsoft also switch for Akamai (and linux proxy servers) like M$ few weeks ago [internetweek.com].... Take your own conclusion! Isabel will be a "drop" compare to the next virus flood.